Teaching Fellows Program

The Knowles Teaching Fellows Program is an intensive and cohesive, five-year program that supports early-career, high school mathematics and science teachers in their efforts to develop teaching expertise and lead from the classroom.

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Senior Fellows Program

After completing the fifth year of the Fellowship, Teaching Fellows become Senior Fellows. Through the Senior Fellows Program, former Teaching Fellows have the opportunity to remain involved in the Knowles community throughout their careers and be supported in ongoing leadership efforts.

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A National Network

The Knowles network is made up of 379 Fellows teaching in 41 states, including the District of Columbia. See where our Fellows teach.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Who is eligible to apply for a Knowles Teaching Fellowship?

Knowles Teaching Fellowships are intended to support beginning high school science and mathematics teachers in the United States. 2019 Fellowships will be awarded to individuals who:

  • have the capacity and determination to commit to teaching as their primary career;
  • have earned a degree in a major related to the mathematics or science discipline they intend to teach between 2009 and September 1, 2019;
  • have earned or will earn a valid state teaching credential/certificate/license that enables them to teach mathematics or science in grades 9–12 in the United States no earlier than January 1, 2014 and no later than September 1, 2019; and
  • will be entering their first or second year as teacher of record during the 2019–2020 academic year.*

* For the purpose of eligibility, we consider an applicant’s first year of teaching to be the first year in which they teach full time for the full academic year as the teacher-of-record.

If you have questions about eligibility, please contact us at apply@knowlesteachers.org.

Can I change locations/schools during the Fellowship?

You do not have to remain in the same location for all five years of the Fellowship. Many of our Fellows have changed locations between completing a teacher education program and beginning their teaching jobs, or even from one year of teaching to the next. However, you must teach in a U.S. high school to retain the Fellowship.

Can I teach at any school I want?

Fellows can teach at any U.S. high school, as long as science or mathematics is at least half of their teaching assignment. American schools abroad, high schools in U.S. territories and Department of Defense schools abroad are not considered U.S. high schools for the purpose of the Knowles Teaching Fellowship.

What are the financial benefits of becoming a Teaching Fellow?

Teaching Fellows receive financial support throughout the year. This financial support allows Fellows to receive stipends during the summer, pay for professional development, receive classroom materials, become members of professional organizations, and receive graduate credit for their work in the Fellowship. Fellows can apply for leadership grants to pursue efforts that will have a positive impact on education beyond their own classroom.

For more detailed information, please visit the Teaching Fellows Program page.